Rising star Iwobi

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):There’s growing competition for discovery of the season in the English Premier League.Leading the way are N’Golo Kante, the box-to-box French midfielder propelling Leicester to an unlikely title triumph; Dele Alli, the Tottenham playmaker plucked from England’s third tier; and Marcus Rashford, Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker who seems born for the big time.Time to add Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi to the list.Iwobi, like Rashford, is a shy yet fearless teenager who has burst onto centre stage in the world’s most popular league in recent weeks. Arsenal’s all-star midfield is a tough department to break into, yet Iwobi has achieved it seemingly out of nowhere.He has started four of Arsenal’s last five matches, including a Champions League game away to the mighty Barcelona. He has scored and been named man of the match in the last two appearances, against Everton and Watford in the Premier League.Theo Walcott is in desperate need of game time to retain his place in England’s squad for the European Championship, but is currently playing second fiddle to Iwobi on the right wing.He may have to get used to it.Iwobi, 19, is the nephew of Nigeria great Jay-Jay Okocha and has been at Arsenal since the age of eight, having grown up in London. He is a powerful, hard-working, technically gifted attacker with an eye for goal just as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger likes it.BIG HITIwobi, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez as the three floating forwards behind the main striker? It’s some prospect and already proving a big hit.”He is an intelligent boy who loves football, very passionate about the game, keen to learn, very humble as well,” Wenger has said of Iwobi.”It’s surprising how quickly he’s integrated into our game.”Iwobi’s accomplished display at the Camp Nou really made people sit up and take note of a player who didn’t start a game in the first half of the season. During the recent international break, Iwobi made his debut for Nigeria in a loss to Egypt – stamping his allegiance to the African country having played for England’s youth teams up to under-18 level.A call-up to Nigeria’s squad for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August is in the offing – but first he might just be Arsenal’s secret weapon as the team looks to secure a 19th straight season of Champions League football.Impressive wins over Everton and Watford have consolidated third place with seven games left, and even kept Arsenal with an outside shot at the title. That, however, would require an implosion by surprise leaders Leicester, who are seven clear of second-place Tottenham and 11 ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand.Arsenal visit West Ham tomorrow while Leicester travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland and Tottenham host Manchester United.TITLE IN SIGHTLeicester are grinding out the wins as they close in on arguably the most stunning title success in English football history, having picked up four straight 1-0 victories ahead of the trip to Sunderland.Sunderland are proving tough to beat of late, drawing their last four games, but have slipped four points from safety. Sunderland might be in more desperate need of the points at the Stadium of Light.last_img read more

Yanks’ Reliever Miller Breaks Wrist

first_imgKISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Yankees’ heralded bullpen depth could be tested early.Andrew Miller broke his non-pitching wrist when struck on the right arm by a line drive in the seventh inning of New York’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on March 30.The left-hander threw his glove and walked into the Yankees’ dugout after pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo’s comebacker went off his arm, just above the wrist. X-rays were negative, but a CT scan revealed a chip fracture.“He will see a hand specialist, who will determine the next course of action,” New York said in a statement.Miller was the Yankees’ closer last year and was slated to fill that role while Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-game suspension under baseball’s new domestic abuse policy. If Miller is sidelined, Dellin Betances would open the season as closer.Competing for the fifth spot in New York’s rotation, Ivan Nova pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He struck out two and walked one.“I did my part and they’re going to make the decision,” Nova said. “Remember, I’m not fighting against a guy with one year or two years. CC Sabathia has a lot of history. He’s not an easy fight, but I did my part and hopefully I won the spot.”Julio Teheran, Atlanta’s scheduled opening-day starter April 4 against Washington, allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out two and walked none.“I feel good about my whole spring. This was my last start and I feel ready for the season,” Teheran said. “Everything is working now. I’m just trying to pitch like it’s a regular game.”Back-to-back triples by Dustin Fowler and Billy Fleming and a single by Austin Romine off Alexi Ogando accounted for the Yankees’ runs in the eighth.Aaron Hicks had three of New York’s 10 hits.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES NORTHSIDE HOME AND GARAGE

first_imgA Sioux City home and garage were damaged by fire Thursday evening on the northside of town.Firefighters responded to the structure fire at 3247 Grandview Blvd. and found a working fire in the attached garage of the home.An occupant inside the home discovered the fire and called it in.He escaped safely without injury.One of the family’s three dogs in the home did not survive.Investigators determined the fire to be accidental caused by sparks from welding equipment.The home sustained fire damage and was “red-tagged” by Sioux City Inspection Services.Photo by George Lindbladelast_img